When we’re younger, we usually have some idea of what we want to be when we grow up. Starting at a young age, we are influenced by make-believe – We play as chefs in toy kitchens and doctors treating our parents with a plastic stethoscope.
As we become more autonomous, we are largely influenced by our parents and our favourite characters from books, TV, and movies. My siblings wanted to be farmers, like my mom and dad. I, on the other hand, took inspiration from the best movie in the entire world… Twister (not joking). Despite living in the middle of mountainous Quebec, I walked around with a clipboard and pen glued to my hands. I was “recording weather patterns” and waiting for that next big storm. I was eight years old.
To this day, I have yet to see a tornado, and my ideal career has changed (sometimes the work day makes me feel like I’m chasing tornadoes). I am happy with where my career has landed me so far. But how did I go from wanting to chase tornadoes at 8 years old, to yearning for my first office job at 20, and eventually landing it at 24?
Do you want the good answer or the bad answer first?
Bad Real Answer. I wasted a lot time in post-secondary programs that didn’t motivate me or make me happy, but came out of the situation with a better idea of who I was as a person and what kind of career I wanted.
The Good Answer. I started thinking about what my strengths were, and how I could apply them to something I already liked to do… Organization and Planning.
Now that we’ve grown up
I started post-secondary education in a program I wasn’t 100% in love with, because I thought it would help me find the perfect job. It did in the end! But only by pushing me towards pursuing Office Administration studies.
Not everyone will have to struggle through years of school to discover what kind of career they want. Plenty of people fall into a program that they end up loving. Others will hit the ground running right out of high school. The important thing is that we take the time to consider what makes us happy and how we can turn our passions into a successful career.
If you’re at a stage in your life where you are starting to think about what kind of career you want, or you’re re-evaluating your career goals, take some time to ask yourself the following five questions:
Choosing a career isn’t always as straight forward as answering 5 questions and putting a plan to action. Sometimes life gets in the way, and that is totally 100% normal. Motivation and a strong drive to chase our passions is what keeps us going. Finding a career that feeds your soul isn’t about the money (unless money is your passion, in which case have at it). It’s about turning what you love into a way to live.
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